If you've ever found information about your ancestor on a computer or database search, thank a transcriber! The best way to thank them, is to volunteer to become one yourself.
The People Not Property project is a collaborative endeavor between the UNCG University Libraries, North Carolina Division of Archives and Records, and North Carolina Registers of Deeds among others. Working as an addition to and evolution of the Digital Library on American Slavery, the project is leading towards a unique, centralized database of bills of sales indexing the names of enslaved people from across North Carolina.
When complete, People Not Property - Slave Deeds of North Carolina will include robust metadata, high resolution images, and full-text searchable transcripts.
I was surprised to find how much I enjoy transcription. Sign up to help the People Not Property project at UNCG https://library.uncg.edu/slavery/deeds/